With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Asian-Canadian Special Events Association (ACSEA) will launch "2022 LunarFest," a month-long celebration themed "Together, Stronger!" from Jan. 27 to Feb 21.
In-person activities in Vancouver include an outdoor exhibition "The Lantern City," displaying Taiwanese artist Lady Hao Hao's art installation "West End Wishes," and one music concert. The virtual programs include children's lantern workshops, culinary programs, fortune-telling, and acrobatics. It is also the first time that the Canadian icon performing group "Cirque du Soleil" brings their performance to Granville Island.
The lantern works displayed at "The Lantern City" are created by 10 indigenous and multi-ethnic artists from Taiwan and Canada, including artists Hung Tung (洪通) and Pacake Taugadhu (杜寒菘). From Jan. 30 to Feb. 15, the art installation of "West End Wishes" will take place at Robson/Cardero Street while the culinary programs are presented virtually.
Additionally, ACSEA invites Taiwan's renowned world music composer Tung Chao-ming (董昭民) and pipa master Lin Hui-kuan (林慧寬) to perform a special work "Woven Melodies (織音)." People can watch their performance virtually or in person at the exhibition venue.
Charlie Wu, the managing director of ACSEA, noted that the concept of the leopard cat and river recovery in Taiwan is the epitome of harmonious coexistence with nature.
Through the Lunar New Year event, ACSEA hopes to reflect the progressive values of the city while also introducing such eastern cultural practices to local communities.
For more information, please visit: http://www.LunarFestVancouver.ca/ and https://thelanterncity.ca/.
(Due to the pandemic, please check the website for the latest event date and location.)